Skiing the Sella Ronda Circuit
If you're looking to clock up kilometres during your ski holiday then the Sella Ronda circuit should be on the bucket list.
What is the Sella Ronda Circuit?
The Sella Ronda is one of the most famous ski circuits in the world, covering 26 km of epic pistes in the Dolomiti Superski region. Looping around the Sella massif, this one-day circuit includes four passes (Pordoi, Sella, Gardena and Campolongo) and four Ladin valleys (Fassa, Gardena, Badia and Arabba).
The total distance of the loop, including lifts, is about 40 km and its best to leave no later than 10 am. It is also important to have crossed the last pass by 15.30 pm to ensure you don’t miss the last lift. The circuit is suitable for any relatively fit, competent skier and for anyone that appreciates a good view, the Sella Ronda circuit is a must. With astonishing mountain and forest views at every turn, you won’t cover the same route twice as you make your way around the circuit.
The circuit can be done in either direction but the clockwise route (orange signs) tends to be slightly quicker. However, it is also the busiest option. Advanced skiers can take on some extra challenges (perhaps the demanding Porto Vescovo trail from Arabba or the Gran Risa giant slalom piste in La Villa).
With the Dolomites being renowned for its amazing food and wine, you are not short of places to stop along the way. Corvara, in particular, has some fabulous restaurants including Col Alto Refugio serving hearty local cuisine and Piz Boé Alpine Lounge for innovative Tyrolean dishes with a view.
Where to Stay?
There are plenty of luxury chalets and apartments within Alta Badia and Val Gardena which give you easy access to the Sella Ronda circuit. Below are a few of our favourites.
Completed in 2016, Casa Feroze is situated right in the centre of Colfosco with direct access to the Sella Ronda circuit. With four en-suite double bedrooms, Casa Feroze is perfect for families and friends holidaying together.
Relax beside the wood-burning fireplace whilst admiring the views through the floor-to-ceiling windows in the open plan living and dining area. A cosy ‘stube’ TV area with sheepskin beanbags is the perfect place to relax after tackling the slopes of the Sella Ronda.
Ideally located in Colfosco, Chalet Rönn is perfect for large groups wanting to explore the Dolomiti Superski area. Elegant and modern, the chalet has a spacious open plan living area and a terrace with breathtaking views over Colfosco and Corvara.
After tackling the Sella Ronda circuit, rest those weary limbs in the superb spa complete with relaxation loungers set beside the fireplace, a Finnish sauna and a steam bath. Outside, the bubbling Jacuzzi awaits with views of the Sassongher mountain, Col di Lana and Sella.
Part of a four-star hotel, Apartment Panorama offers spectacular views of the village of Selva and the Sella Massif to the east, Sassolungo to the south and the Pic to the north. Sleeping five, this stylish apartment is perfect for families looking for hotel service with the privacy of being in an apartment.
Guests have access to the hotel wellness area which includes a series of saunas and a Jacuzzi
Located in Selva, Chalet Sellaronda is just a three-minute drive from the ski lifts giving you direct access to the ski circuit. Set over two floors, the chalet enjoys breathtaking views over the village and the Sella Massif from the living room and every bedroom too.
After clocking up the miles in the Dolomiti Superski area, enjoy some apres-ski relaxation in the Jacuzzi, sauna or infrared cabin. Guests also have access to the adjacent Hotel Rodella's extensive wellness facilities which include an indoor/outdoor pool and treatment rooms. For post-ski entertainment, enjoy a game of billiards, a spot of wine tasting or settle down for a movie night.
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